Friday, December 25, 2009

Year-end Fun-AT-tix and More Same Song Titles

Fun-AT-tix is my wordplay on phonetics, but I'm also using the base syllable "phon-" to talk about homophones. (I wrote about homophones in a previous article.). I wanted to use "fun@tix", but I have a feeling the blogspot would have an issue with the "@" sign in the article title.

The first part of this article is about …
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Gadgets to Inspire or Not

Over the years during the holiday season, I have smiled bemusedly at gadgets hawked on TV as prospective gifts. Questions that pop up in my mind are usually "Really? A saucepan would work, and most people already have one", "Gee, another appliance to take up shelf, cupboard, or drawer space", "Does that gadget really work?", "[price, usually ending in .99] sure seems like a lot for what that thing is supposed to do".

Gadgets in the past that trigger one or more of my above thoughts include …
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Color N R Lives

Colors make their ways into many facets of our lives. They have strong associations with moods and emotions. They also appear frequently in names, particularly surnames. When they're associated with specific nouns, they often conjure up images.

Color first names don't seem common. Blanca, Blanche, and Bianca are all variations of foreign words for white (feminine). Notable names include …

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